Skip to main content

View Diary: Overnight in Ferguson (174 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I defend angry people (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CenPhx, tardis10

    who have been shown again and again that violence is the only way. The government has made perfectly clear it cares only for violence and until that changes that is how people will go about making change in these situations. You can demonize people for their reactions to being oppressed and murdered, I will not.

    The liberal insistence that nonviolence is the only way, and the best way, isn't borne out by reality in the US. Violence has been an incredibly potent force in our history. Even the president recognizes this. I realize that it is verboten to advocate for violence here, but I will not pretend that violence has no efficacy to protect the tender ears of folks sitting behind their computers.

    It's been made perfectly clear by those in power that the police will only be held accountable for these sort of murders when there are riots. To expect people not to riot after that is absurd.

    My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

    by AoT on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 06:59:48 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  How did the riots in the 1960's (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      AoT, sethtriggs, Dr Swig Mcjigger, Ahianne

      in Cleveland, LA and Chicago help anything?  These cities are worse off than they were then.  Loss of jobs, declining tax base, greater isolation, crumbling schools and infrastructure.  All those riots did was destroy the neighborhoods of the people who live in them.

      However, the violence seen in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam protests brought those issues front and center, and some change did come about.  Although, it looks like serious backsliding these days, both in the foreign war and civili rights departments.

      •  The destruction of cities (4+ / 0-)

        was as much a result of white flight, both people and capital, as it was of riots. Now that white people want to move back to the cities there's plenty of money to rebuild them, magically.

        I was speaking in more recent terms. Most of the people in Ferguson weren't around during the sixties, but they saw that Rodney King and Oscar Grant got no justice until there were riots.

        My preferred pronoun is 'They', what's yours?

        by AoT on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 07:18:53 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site